2013 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159034 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a bold, ripe, fruity wine, perfumed with fruit that’s already attractive. The tannins are dry, but balanced with the fruit. A good choice for medium-term aging.  (4/2014)

92-93 points James Suckling

 This is incredibly long and intense for the vintage with raspberry and citrus character. Fine tannins. It goes on for minutes. An electrifying wine for the vintage from organically grown grapes.  (4/2014)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pavie Macquin boasts striking depth, power and volume for the year. Resonant and layered on the palate, the 2013 possesses gorgeous depth and tons of intensity, not to mention remarkable purity. This is a gorgeous showing made all the more remarkable considering the late malos give the 2013 a distinctly raw, not fully formed feel. There is a lot to look forward to here. In 2013 the blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest started on October 4 with the Merlot and finished on October 15 with the Cabernets. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Pure violet and bluebell aromas lead the way, followed by silky plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit. Long and refined on the finish, with a mouthwatering edge to the acidity. This feels like it's putting on weight during the élevage. (Web-2015)

89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Opaque purple in color with notes of barbecue smoke, chalk dust, sweet medium to full-bodied blackcurrant mouthfeel with impressive, texture, purity, equilibrium and light to moderate tannins in the finish, this is certainly one of the most successful wines of the vintage. Because of the year, in this vintage, the wine is much more evolved and forward than it normally is. This beauty can be drunk in two or so years and should last 12-15. On the Cote Pavie, this 47-acre vineyard has produced a wine made from 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only about 4,000+ cases are going to be made because of the low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and the severe selection. The wine showed extremely well in my tastings in June in Bordeaux. (RP)  (8/2014)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, menthol, violet and licorice. Lovely inner-mouth floral lift to the mineral and inky red and dark berry flavors; offers much more clarity and cut than most 2013 Bordeaux, not to mention depth and sweetness of fruit. The finish is especially pure and precise--and long. Plenty of hidden density here--especially impressive in the context of the vintage. I went out of my way to taste this wine four different times just to be sure of my extremely positive first impression. In many respects, this is one of the elite wines of the vintage: the nose alone rates 94 or 95 points. (ID)  (5/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Emilion